China Will Collect Foreigners’ Fingerprints at the Border

China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced today that border inspection offices will begin collecting fingerprints from foreign nationals:

To improve exit and entry administration, according to regulations under the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China, and with the approval of the State Council, MPS has decided to collect fingerprints and other biometric information from foreign nationals entering the country. According to a recently issued announcement, in 2017, China’s border inspection offices will roll out  procedures at ports of entry open to foreign nationals. Foreign nationals ages 14 to 70 will be required to provide fingerprints. Foreign nationals with diplomatic passports or with mutually beneficial reciprocal arrangements may be exempted. A pilot project will begin on February 10 at Shenzhen Airport and other ports of entry. Subsequently, the procedures will be implemented at additional ports.

Collecting biometric information from persons exiting and entering the country is an important step for strengthening border control. A number of countries have already implemented such measures. Adoption of such measures will increase the effectiveness of China’s border inspection offices, protecting regular international travelers and improving border control.

为加强出入境管理,根据《中华人民共和国出境入境管理法》有关规定,经国务院批准,公安部决定对入境外国人留存指纹等人体生物识别信息。据公安部近日发布的公告,2017年,中国边检机关将分批在全国对外开放口岸对入境我国的14(含)至70(含)周岁外国人留存指纹,持外交护照或有对等互惠安排等情形的外国人可以免留指纹。2月10日将在深圳机场等口岸开展试点,其后陆续推广实施。

留存出境入境人员的生物识别信息是加强出入境管理的重要举措,目前国际上已有多个国家实施这一措施。中国边检机关将采取有效措施提高口岸通关效率,维护正常出入境秩序,不断提升出入境管理服务水平。

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